LINCOLN, IL — The Lincoln College Women’s Basketball team has broken into the top 20 on the list of nationally ranked teams competing in Division II of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The accomplishment marks the first time in program history the team has been ranked. The undefeated Lady Lynx are currently ranked #19 in the nation.
“This team has worked hard for the past three months, so it’s rewarding to see them recognized with a national ranking,” said Lincoln Head Coach Matt Vavro. “Our players have great chemistry, probably the best of any group I have coached. Their confidence is growing, and I know this will only encourage them to work even harder.”
The news comes a day after LC (11-0) defeated Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) 94-53. The Lady Lynx took on SWIC for the second time this year. In their first meeting, Lincoln earned a 74-56 victory. In that game, LC struggled in the early going and had to battle their way through some sloppy play. In their rematch, Lincoln was sharp from the opening tip and led from start to finish. The Lady Lynx took a 45-26 lead into halftime and did not let up in the second half as they rolled to a decisive 41 point win.
LC sophomore Erynn Young (Indianapolis) had a huge night for her team. Young was involved in the action on both ends of the court as she had 21 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 8 steals and 7 blocks. Fellow sophomore and Indiana native Emoni Smith tied Young for the team lead in points with 21. Smith went 5 for 8 from beyond the three-point arc and pulled down a team-high 9 rebounds. Freshman guard Allysah Boothe (Chcicago) had 19 points while sophomore guard Nautica Preston (Chicago) dished out 11 assists.
Coach Vavro saw many positive signs from his team’s performance. He stated, “It was good to see everybody get in the scoring book. We shared the ball great as we had 25 assists and connected on a season high 13 three pointers. I thought we got after it defensively which showed up in the stats as we forced 28 turnovers, had 11 blocks and got 15 steals.”
Lincoln will be off until December 11th when they travel to Decatur, IL to take on the Millikin University JV at 2:30 pm.